2008 Unsung Heroes Petit Verdot

Made by one of Australia's leading viticulturalists Geoff Hardy for a predominantly United States market from his Tractor Shed Wine range, the name reflects the underrated work of Petit Verdot, an unsung grape hero used to add richness, tannin and colour to

Cabernet Sauvignon based blends.

Petit Verdot is known as the ugly duckling of the five classic varieties permitted in the Bordeaux appellation and appears to be losing favour there as it struggles to ripen in the region's cooler climate.

This does not appear to be the case in Australia's warmer ripening conditions and our propensity to make stand alone varietal wines. The enthusiasm of winemakers has translated into increased plantings of Petit Verdot especially throughout South Australian wine regions and has highlighted the grape's suitability there and potential as a future rival to shiraz.

The fruit for this single varietal is a blend from vineyards in South Australia's McLaren Vale and Limestone Coast regions where climatic conditions are similar to both Mediterranean and Continental Europe.

Dark garnet in colour, intense and brooding things are going on in the glass. The violet, plum, blueberry and coffee aromas underline the fragrancy of the nose. The initial chewy, rich mouthfeel of plum and blueberry is slightly overtaken by the strong tannins and alcoholic heat (14.5%) on the spicy mid-palate. Silky textures throughout.
A long and pleasant finish completes this beautiful black swan. Nothing petit here winelovers!

This is a well made, tasty, powerful wine that deserves more recognition than it receives.
It would match red meat dishes very well. 

Source: Retail Purchase. Rating: 89 Points. Website: http://www.k1.com.au

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